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There's a lot more to us than meets the eye! These are a few things that make up a special part of the culture of our kura/school. Don't just read about it, come and see for yourself!
We maintain a strong connection to our whenua, our land and greatly value the connections created with Māori and Pasifika whānau. Students hear Te Reo everyday, during class lessons, the Daily Tui language clips, our school values and signage. Te Reo is woven throughout our curriculum.
Our annual Matariki celebrations are a real highlight in the school calendar, bringing the whole community together over stories and kai. We will be celebrating together this year on Thursday, June 29th. It's not to be missed, pop it in your calendar now.
The whānau hui/fono is a special time of sharing ideas and vision for our kura. Dates for 2017 are to be announced via email and newsletter later this year.
Senior kapa haka is under the expert guidance of Matua Gary, Becks Va'ai teaches Senior Pasifika and Rosie and Siân take the junior kapa haka and Pasifika. Performances from these groups are not to be missed! Check out our calendar to find out about when practices and performances are and talk to your teacher if you are keen to join up.
This year we are developing the role of Māori student ambassadors who will promote all things Te Reo and Tikanga throughout Kaurilands School, including the creation of the Te Reo Daily Tui clips.
Vision Statement: To have the school community totally engaged in and taking responsibility for looking after the environment, and to adopt sustainable practices.
With such beautiful grounds to look after it's no wonder we are a certified Enviro School.
This means we recycle and compost as much of our waste as possible and promote litter-free lunch boxes as part of the Waste Wise programme. Our worm bins produce rich and pungent worm wee which you can purchase at any time from Room 17.
We also work with our local council to plant native plants and keep our stream as a healthy home for all its inhabitants. Richard, our Enviro Schools Facilitator comes to educate both staff and students regularly on best sustainable practices.
If you visit us in the afternoons you will also see our Kaitiaki Warriors zipping around the school collect waste for our hungry tiger worms. Over 1000 of them live behind the junior playground.
Visit the Enviro Schools Website to find out more.
What is PB4L - School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning
PB4L is about teaching behaviour just as we teach other subjects.
We teach behaviour through the use of our School Values.
By teaching and rewarding expected behaviour this assists with the prevention of inappropriate behaviour. Students are helped to remember our behaviour expectations by targeted teaching and through our PB4L signage situated around the school.
Our classroom and playground reward system is three tiered. Every student has a sticker chart. Stickers are given out by any staff member to reward positive classroom or playground behaviour.
For more information on PB4L visit the Ministry of Education’s PB4L web page: http://pb4l.tki.org.nz
Our student leadership programme offers students the opportunity to lead their peers and make decisions for our school.
The role of a peer mediator is problem solving by students with students. It is a process by which children who are having problems in the playground can work through with a peer mediator to find a solution. This role will assist duty teachers in supporting and ensuring all children feel safe and secure in our school environment.
The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests and concerns with teachers, the principal and our school as a whole. The student council work together to voice the opinions of our Kaurilands students and will be part of organising school-wide activities, discussing community projects and helping solve some ‘big issues’ around our school.
On of the roles student ambassadors have is to welcome visitors to Kaurilands School. They are in charge of taking groups of adults for tours to showcase all of the amazing things happening in the different spaces. Student ambassadors often speak to whānau groups at different events about life as a student here at Kaurilands. The ambassadors are confident talking about their learning and answering questions when asked.
Our Māori Ambassadors meet with Kristin Joy fortnightly to learn Te Reo and Tikanga Māori. These students create videos which are shared on the Daily Tui (morning news) to help the rest of us learn these skills as well.
Adventure Afternoons are run throughout Year 3 - 6 for one term a year. This is a key competency based based programme where students choose an area of focus that they would like to pursue. Our job as teachers, is to then facilitate the children to support this interest. We always have a number of family members who come to teach our tamariki and this programme has gone from strength to strength.
This programme takes place in our Junior School and is key competencies based. Children have the chance to work each week on a different area of interest and share their learning with others.
Children have a chance to first explore their passions in Year 5 and then teach others about them in Year 6. This is a programme that hopefully engages and motivates students in their learning.
One of the first things you will notice at our school is the beautiful gardens and native forest. Our "Dig In!" programme is where students learn more about making the most of what grows at school and also taste it for themselves! Come and check out our beautiful vegetable beds, talk to our caretaker Sandra Fletcher about taking some produce home with you or get a worm bin tour from Whaea Jill, our Enviro leader.
Children explore the gardens and forest during break times, including getting their hands dirty in our stream, home to kõura, fresh water crayfish, eels and Mokoroa, our kaitiaki taniwha, or guardian of our manga/creek. You will also spot Mokoroa on our school logo, keeping an eye on all of us!
We believe that digital literacy and learning is an important part of being a 21st Century learner. As such student have access to iPads, Chromebooks or both in class and use these to create, present and research. Have a look at Our Curriculum page to find out more about our Digital Curriculum.
We are currently trialling a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device programme in years 3-6. Students who already have an iPad or Chromebook at home are welcome to bring it to school to use for their learning. There is no obligation for children to bring a device at all as devices are provided by the school. We are trialling BYOD to see if there is any effect on student learning. Talk to your classroom teacher to find out more.
We strive to support families best with this new and often challenging area. Regular articles and resources are shared via our biweekly newsletter and the Digital Learning Blog, however you may pop in anytime to see our Digital Learning Specialist, Rachel Thorpe, in the Bat Cave or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.